Notes From a Hired Pen

After Sandy

A lot has happened since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, which is why I haven’t posted here in a while. I’ve been swinging between working on stories about the disaster, to staring at pictures of beach towns I have not visited, to wondering where the hell do we go from here?

In my writing, I’ve been trying to walk a delicate balance between telling about what is going on and not offending shore towns ┬áthat are more severely damaged. Yes, I should write about how the national story about the Atlantic City Boardwalk being destroyed is wrong; but what about the folks whose houses are half in the water in Normandy Beach?

It’s a fine line to walk. I must write about what happened, but I don’t want to be seen as profiting from a disaster. That’s why I haven’t written some of the story ideas people have pitched to me recommending their relatively unharmed shore town as an alternative to vacationers whose regular spots are gone. It’s too soon. Way too soon.

So as I wind through this, and the holidays, and all the people coming to our house for the next few days, I’ll be taking a bit of a break. I’ll return shortly with more notes from this hired pen, including stories from my conference in California. So stay tuned.

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